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Hair Length and Gender (2)

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Man and woman with short hair

The beauty ideal for women has been rather stable for centuries and it is long, luscious and at the best even curly. Abundant healthy hair is thought to mirror health, sensuality and youth. Throughout history fashion hairstyles for women came and went, but the length of hair was not touched unless the woman joined a convent or was condemned to prison or even death.
 
Nuns show their humility by adopting short hair under their habits and female prisoners were involuntarily humiliated by taking away their femininity and even humanity by shaving their heads just as it happened to slaves and prisoners of war.
 
The power of hair has been studied by anthropologists, psychologists and evolutionary biologists just to name a few and when filtering through the results of the many surveys, observations and also including all of the dos and don'ts included in religious scriptures from all over the world the picture of natural instincts versus regulated control clearly emerges with well cut edges and the occasional sideburn.
 
Former marine and CEO Theodore B. went through all stages of hair length himself and describes his experience: "With long hair it was hard to get a management position and respect, but the women liked it."
 
The admiration for long hair is in our DNA. It signifies strength, health and a great potential for the same qualities in the offspring. Despite the fact that today more men prefer women with long hair and more women are reacting to short dapperness, the latter a trend that is just a little more than a century old, the attribution of feminine and masculine qualities to the length of hair is fairly new and not in tune with our inner make-up.
 
Long hair is magical and when healthy and well kept it is highly attractive and sensual. It wants to be touched and admired. For women short styles can be just as feminine as long ones and long hair does not emasculate a man. It is quite the opposite.
 
The more diverse our societies become, the more it becomes acceptable to break through the old rules and conservative ideas are slowly diminishing. There is no more right or wrong. Gender equality, the changing of roles and the redefinition of what signifies gender in the first place will soon deflate any discussion of how men and women should wear their hair.
 
From Julius Caesar to the Beatles and Jared Lehto, from Aphrodite to Joan of Arc and Halle Berry, the story of hair lengths is the story of societies and in our century there should be no more right or wrong. Hair length is a personal choice and the world just becomes a brighter place with more variety and creativity on the heads around us.
 
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